Al-Futtaim Motors launches new Hino 500 Series trucks in UAE

Medium-duty trucks feature redesigned exterior, new safety features and enhanced riding comfort


UAE-based Al-Futtaim Motors has introduced a redesigned medium duty truck from Japanese manufacturer, Hino, in the country.

The launch of the Hino 500 Series truck this month is the second from Hino in recent months, following the introduction of the Hino 300 Series hybrid earlier.

A statement from Al-Futtaim, which is Hino’s exclusive distributor in the UAE, said that the 2017 500 Series features a redesigned exterior, a host of enhanced safety features and driver comfort amenities. The trucks come with a 7.7L Euro-3 compliant engine equipped with a high pressure, electronically controlled common rail fuel injection system and turbocharger/intercooler technology for lower emissions, and high power and fuel efficiency.

Ramez Hamdan, general manager for Hino at Al-Futtaim Motors, said: “This year is proving very positive for Hino, as we continue to grow our market share and introduce new products that meet our customers’ needs. Just last month, we launched the UAE’s first hybrid truck in the form of the Hino 300 Series hybrid, and the introduction of the Hino 500 Series allows us to offer a different solution to meet multiple sectors looking for a reliable truck that offers a host of advanced safety and driver comfort features. With companies increasingly aware of the need to reduce emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, the Hino 500 Series also maximises efficiency and significantly reduces consumption thanks to class-leading engine and transmission choices.”

The medium duty Hino500 Series offers a range of applications, such as tipper trucks, curtain siders, reefer trucks as well as general cargo. The truck also comes with safety features such as ABS, Front Underrun Protection System (FUPS), Rear Underrun Protection System (RUPS), among others.

Describing the truck’s cabin, the statement added that drivers can look forward to a comfortable and ergonomic working environment. Riding comfort is improved thanks to a semi-floating construction for the cab mount and mounting bushes, resulting in reduced road vibrations better ride comfort and reduced cabin noise, it claims.

The driver’s seat has also been re-designed to alleviate fatigue over long-distance driving, while bed space for resting is located behind the seat. The optimised cab increases visibility, and improves the arrangement of the instrument cluster and efficient air flow to keep cool in traffic.

“Providing a more comfortable driving experience is proven to reduce fatigue and in turn increase safety on the roads,” said Hamdan. “The addition of redesigned multi-reflector headlights for better night visibility and the ergonomic LCD driver multi-information display also mean better road attentiveness under any driving condition.”

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